Jack Donald Hansen, Sr

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Jack Donald Hansen, Sr

  • Birth 15 Mar 1908 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 21 Jul 1971 Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 76372634

Born Herman Charles Burmeister, his mother, Hannah Brisco Burmeister, died when he was young due to complications from a miscarriage. His father, August Burmeister, couldn't take care of him and brought him to the Peter Pan Home for Children in Los Angeles when he was about four. He never saw anyone from his biological family again.

Charles lived at the home until Andrew F. T. and Bertha Suppnick Hansen saw his picture in the paper where he was a featured orphan and took him to live with them. He was permitted to change his name and he chose Jack Donald Hansen. He was never formally adopted, although the orphanage pursued the Hansens to request they formalize the adoption.

There is very limited information for his biological parents, in particular, August. The orphanage burned down and all records were lost. Any information would be much appreciate.

The Hansens maintained a farm and Jack worked around the farm as a young man. In his professional career, Jack originally worked as an accountant, obtaining the job after making an inquiry during the Great Depression. He told his prospective employer that if they were interested in hiring him he would be available to begin work shortly after his wedding. They were so impressed with his hopeful attitude and the fact that he would get married in such an economic environment that they hired him. Jack later worked as a tax examiner for the state and was listed as such in the 1940 census. He went to law school at night, but opted not to become a lawyer.

Jack met future wife Dorothy Gibbens while at Fresno State University. They were married in 1932. They had a daughter and a son. Jack and Dorothy were passionate about growing things and, together, they were a part of the American Camelia Society, growing award winning Camelias. The two of them traveled all over California competing and kept a large greenhouse full of Camelias in their garden in Sacramento.

Dorothy loved deeply him until her death, nearly 23 years after his.


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  • Created by: R Mooney
  • Added: 11 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76372634
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Donald Hansen, Sr (15 Mar 1908–21 Jul 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76372634, citing East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by R Mooney (contributor 47588066) .